April 2, 2012

Christian out as Frogs' coach

After taking over a program in need of wins and support in 2008, Jim Christian is moving on.

TCU officials announced Monday that Christian will no longer be the coach of TCU's men's basketball team.

According to multiple reports, Christian will take over at Ohio University for the departed John Groce, who recently took the job as head coach at Illinois.

"Jim Christian will not be returning as TCU's head men's basketball coach," TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a written statement.

"We appreciate Jim's contributions to TCU and wish him the best. A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. With our entrance into the Big 12, the momentum on the TCU campus and the great city of Fort Worth, we are very excited about the future of our men's basketball program."

Christian led the Frogs to their first winning season and first postseason berth since 2005 with an 18-15 record and an appearance in the CBI Tournament quarterfinals this past season. He accumulated a 56-73 record at TCU's helm after leading Kent State for six seasons. He guided to the Golden Flashes to two NCAA Tournament berths.

Reports last month indicated that Christian was a top candidate for the Rhode Island job opening and other reports, including one from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, had him linked as a candidate for the head coaching job at Mississippi State.

Christian will reportedly make around the same salary at Ohio as he did at TCU - around $600,000 annually.

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